: Wednesday, July
Brown, Gloucester County Times
CLAYTON A Mount Laurel-based
architectural firm has been appointed by the board of education to prepare
schematic drawings for the district's high school expansion project.
Garrison Architects was hired to design the 600-student high
school expansion the district plans to build onto the existing high
school/middle school. The expansion project could eventually go to voters
in the form of a bond referendum, school district officials said.
The district unveiled plans in May to build an expansion to house a
new high school, which officials say is necessary to meet the needs
of Clayton's growing student enrollment. Business Administrator Howie
O'Neil said the school board interviewed four architectural firms over
the past month.
"The board just felt (Garrison) was a good fit for this school
district," said O'Neil. He noted the company has worked on several
other school projects in Gloucester County, including the Washington
Township High School expansion project. The Washington Township project
included a 2,500-seat auditorium known as the Commerce Bank South Jersey
Performing Arts Center.
Once the schematics are complete and have received the necessary local
and state approvals, the district plans to go out for a bond referendum.
O'Neil could not provide a timeline at this point.